chris98251 wrote:We are not hurting cap wise and being able to have a QB that supports and helps Wilson as a Vet is a bonus. Seen lots of take outs with Flynn and Wilson on sidelines looking at pictures during the games. Regardless of what English thinks that has value. English is also the same person that stated you have to draft top 10 to get a franchise QB, he was wrong then and wrong now. No offense English I just think you undervalue the position and what smart depth can do. If you remember Elway had Kubiak on the sidelines for years working that aspect of the game. Montana with Young, having a smart #2 thats a professional about his position is very valuable.
Hang on a minute, when did I say you have to draft a top-10 pick to get a franchise quarterback? I was extremely consistent with my opinion that it's the most likely
way to get a franchise quarterback, and there's very little evidence to argue against that. The league has become so pass-centric that the top college QB's are easily identified and will nearly always be drafted early. And we've started to see mediocre QB's going earlier and earlier as teams 'chase the dream'. It's very hard to find a franchise quarterback these days without spending a first round pick -- and the higher you select the better.
I never ruled out
the possibility of finding a gem later on, but hoping for such an outcome is like hoping you win the lottery. I'm over the moon that the Seahawks appear to have found this generation's Tom Brady albeit three rounds earlier. But let's be honest here, there's almost certainly not going to be another Russell Wilson for a long time. And next time a 5-10 quarterback with a similar skill set (if that ever happens) appears on the scene, there's every chance he'll be a top-10 pick because of Wilson's success.
Seeing Flynn and Wilson discussing stuff during a game means almost nothing IMO. Are we saying now that Wilson is going to continue needing such support in years two and three of his career? We're talking about one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL now. That's how good Wilson is, already. So while that was nice for Russell in year one if it really did have a tangible benefit, we don't need a $6-7m observer of photographs holding his hand. Backups generally discuss things with the QB's and share ideas. After all, they spend all week in meetings together.
By all means say I'm undervaluing the position. Personally, I just think I'm being realistic. I look at Peyton Manning in Indy, Brady in New England, Rodgers in Green Bay, Drew Brees in New Orleans. I try and remember who backed up those guys. Manning had Jim Sorgi. Brady had a host of nobody's drafted in the later rounds or UDFA's before they brought in Ryan Malett. Rodgers had Flynn (7th round pick) and I don't even know who his backup was this year.
None of those teams need or needed an expensive, high profile backup. They find guys in the later rounds of the draft and try to coach them up. There's no rampant panic about, "oh my god! What if our QB gets injured!". They get on with it. And that is what Seattle will start to do whenever Flynn leaves. They'll likely put mediocre, inexpensive veterans or young later round rookies in the backup position. C'est la vie.
They might keep Flynn for 2013, they might trade him, they might cut him. I think it'll be very difficult to trade him, even for later round consideration. But the other two scenarios are a lot more possible, in my opinion. They can eat the salary or move on. I suspect they'd love to be able to move on and not have the backup QB be one of the highest earners on the roster. We'll see what happens. I'm not ruling anything out. I don't think anyone should.